Port Charlotte student arrested for pictures of violence toward teacher

Writer: Jack Lowenstein
Photo courtesy of Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office arrested Eric Thomas Eastman, 18, after pictures he drew were posted on Instagram showing violence toward a Port Charlotte High School teacher.

According to the CCSO press release, two versions of a drawing were posted to a Port Charlotte High School Instagram account that is not managed by school staff.

According to the press release, “The first version of the drawing shows a man with a headset on his head and a gun in his right hand pointed at another man’s head. The other man also has a gun in his hand pointed at what appears to be the side of a boy’s head. The second version of the same picture shows the same drawings, but the guns have been switched out for a phone and a referral.”

In the picture, a person named in a word bubble is a teacher at the high school. It says, “Sorry (victim name redacted), the gaming community will not let you oppress another minority.”

According to the press release, investigators discovered Eastman had several firearms at his home. Those were taken by CCSO.

Eastman was arrested at the high school and faces a charge for Sending A Written Threat To Kill after investigators determined he drew the pictures depicting violence toward a teacher.

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